Monday, January 7, 2013
Correction: I didn't really lose because I didn't hurt anyone and didn't get hurt myself, except for a stiff neck that my car insurance is now paying to get cracked and massaged. Since the day after Thanksgiving, your favorite blogger (that's me, right?!) has been living the car-free lifestyle. Again.
I proudly lived car-free for five years in Chicago, a decade in San Francisco, a year or so in Eugene, and three in Portland. I finally caved in to the pressure to get a car when my lower back gave out and biking and busing were no longer options. But, here I am again. Hopefully, I'm way less self-righteous about it this time around.
Calling it the car-free lifestyle is misleading. It's also the chauffeur lifestyle because I get rides from friends to out of town destinations and even the grocery store sometimes. The nice people at Amazon have agreed to drive all the heavy items I need right to my front door. I've even bartered firewood for a ride to the sewing machine repair store.
I plan to forge ahead, fordless, or chevyless in this case, and just deal. Being deliberate about rest is a good practice, so I'm commuting by bus one day a week. My commute is twenty miles round trip so one day off helps free up some leg power for higher mileage weekends, because, after all, bicycling is my hobby too.
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